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Mission

Kind: Spacecraft test

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: TsKBEM

Date

Start:

Duration: 7 days

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

Rocket

Rocket: Proton-K / Blok D

Kind: TsKBEM

Manufacturer: OKB-1

Mass: 5375 kg

Launch Site: Baikonur CosmodromeSite 81/23

Flyby

1º Flyby: Moon

Orbit

Reference System: Geocentric

Lander

Region: Chagos Archipelago(730 km at SE)

Date: 27 October 1970, 13:55 GMT



Zond 8, also known as L-1 No.14, was the last in the series of circumlunar spacecraft, a member of the Soviet Zond program, designed to rehearse a piloted circumlunar flight, an uncrewed version of Soyuz 7K-L1 crewed circumlunar flight spacecraft. The project was initiated in 1965 to compete with the Americans in the race to the Moon but lost its importance once three astronauts circled the Moon on the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.

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